ACT Council of Social Service Inc.

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Here you'll find news about ACTCOSS activities and major community sector news.

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Anti-Poverty Week is around the corner!

30 September 2022

Anti-Poverty Week (APW) will be held across Australia from the 16th to the 22nd of October 2022. This Anti-Poverty Week we are calling on all our Parliamentarians to commit to halve child poverty by 2030.

ACTCOSS Board 2022-23 - Call for nominations

28 September 2022

We are calling on members to nominate for Board positions open for election at our AGM on 8 November 2022. Nominations close Tuesday 25th October at 5pm.

ACTCOSS welcomes energy efficiency rebates for low-income households

15 September 2022

ACTCOSS has today welcomed the expansion of the Home Energy Support Program to include new rebates of up to $2,500 for people on low incomes to purchase efficient electric appliances.

ACTCOSS supports the Right to a Healthy Environment for all ACT citizens

7 September 2022

The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) has supported a proposal to introduce the Right to a Healthy Environment under the ACT’s suite of human rights protections, but has called on the ACT Government to enact all Economic, Social and Cultural Rights including a Right to Housing.

Free and ongoing access to period products for everyone who menstruates in the ACT

5 September 2022

The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) has provided a submission to the Inquiry into the Period Products and Facilities (Access) Bill 2022. This welcome Bill addresses period poverty and the stigma associated with periods in the ACT.

ACTCOSS calls for stronger rights and protections for social housing tenants

2 September 2022

The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) has today welcomed the proposal to end “no cause” evictions but has said that additional protections for private tenants must not come at the expense of social housing tenants.  

Gas transition Bill provides certainty, but transition must be fair and inclusive

30 August 2022

The ACT Council Social Service (ACTCOSS) has welcomed proposed legislation to transition the ACT away from its reliance on natural gas saying the new Bill provides certainty and is a positive step towards climate change mitigation.

ZEV policy not inclusive of Canberrans facing disadvantage

30 August 2022

The ACT Council Social Service (ACTCOSS) has called on the ACT Government to do more so that Canberrans on low incomes and facing vulnerability are not left behind in the Territory’s move to net zero emissions.

Robodebt Royal Commission must deliver answers, accountability and protections

25 August 2022

The ACT Council Social Service (ACTCOSS) has today welcomed the Robodebt Royal Commission as an important step to getting answers, accountability and better social security protections following this appalling abuse of power.

ACTCOSS welcomes expansion of Future of Education Equity Fund

16 August 2022

The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) has welcomed the ACT Government's announcement of the expansion of the Future of Education Equity Fund to replace the Secondary Bursary Scheme.